Negative Connotations?

I met a little girl called, Rogue - literally meaning a dishonest or unpricipled man. What do you think? Is there any pop culture references or other meaning that it could be connected to? Or is it just the negatively associated word?



July 8, 2015 8:32 AM

Apparently there's a comic book character from X-Men/the Avengers.

I don't like it at all, but for some, it wouldn't necessarily be an all-negative connotation. To be roguish can also be to be charming, and a rogue suggests a disregard for authority, or a forcefulness of character that might appeal to some parents.

Overall, I prefer it to naming your child after a gun, I guess!

July 8, 2015 9:47 AM

This is a VERY geek-chic name. In addition to the central X-Men character (played by Anna Paquin in the movies) it is also the most elite Star Wars-universe squadron. Both Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles served as "Rogue Leader" (or "Rogue One" in some cases). There was an entire long-running comic book series called Rogue Squadron, a video game featuring the Rogues, and one of the upcoming Disney Star Wars films is a "mid-quel" titled Rogue One. Overall I expect there may be increasing interest in Rogue as a given name.

To me, the Star Wars connection leans more masculine (all of the fighter pilots that we saw in the movies were male, and at least most of them in other media) whereas the X-Men character is very feminine (she's not just a spandex-wearing, big-chested heroine, she's also a southern belle!), so I imagine that's what this little girl's parents had in mind.


July 8, 2015 10:28 PM

On a girl, I'd definitely assume the X-Men connection.  Rogue is a longtime favorite character of mine -- since I were a mommet!


July 8, 2015 10:50 AM

As an avid Dungeons & Dragons fan, Rogue stands out as one of my favourite classes to play.  They're sneaky, cunning, and resourceful; two out of three characteristics I'd like for my child to have, though I don't think I'd go so far as to name a daughter or son Rogue.  I'd use it as a nn, if anything.

I was also going to mention the Star Wars connection, but nedibles beat me to it :)

July 8, 2015 11:07 PM

I agree with you that it would be a fantastic nickname. Would be particularly fun as a way to freshen up Robert/a or Roger.

July 9, 2015 12:15 PM

Wow, can't believe I forgot D&D, especially as my husband and sons have been campaigning on the dining room table all week! I think that officially gives Rogue a hat-trick :-).

Now I'm wondering what other names we could come up with that span at least three of these (with separate origins--like I'm only counting Rogue once for Star Wars even though it appears in film, comic books, and video game): comic books, written SF, film SF, television SF, role-playing, video games, manga, and anime?

July 13, 2015 1:13 PM

Oh, man, I did not know the D&D connection, but did know X-Men and Star Wars. So it really if geektastic. Yes, what else can we find that cross 3+ fandoms? Willow has at least a couple....

July 22, 2015 11:42 AM

I would probably think of X-Men first as well. However, I could also see it being used in a very Republican family in the US. Sarah Palin gave the word "rogue" a more favorable connotation during her vp race and has a memoir titled Going Rogue. Living in the Deep South in a very red state, I wouldn't have been surprised to meet a baby named Rogue in '08. 

August 7, 2015 6:35 AM

Oh, this will be easy!

First, you know what negative means. And now you know what connotations means -- that is, the suggestions made by certain words.

So when I read words like dead, bleeding, stained, rank, untenanted, empty cradle, etc., those have "negative connotations" for me. You too perhaps?